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Everton defender Rodwell in no hurry to follow Rooney to United
Published : 05 Mar 2010 00:42:59Rss feed
He has been hailed as a future England centre half, and Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to part with £20million to make him the cornerstone of Manchester United's defence, but Jack Rodwell has his own idea about where his versatile talents might best be utilised. The switch to central defence is expected to come sooner rather than later but there was a shake of the head from the Everton youngster as he contemplated his likely career path in the wake of a desperately disappointing 2-1 defeat for England Under 21s against Greece at Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium on Wednesday. Jack the lad: Rodwell played in central defence for England Under 21s Sounding every bit as assured as he looks on the pitch, he said: 'At the moment, I prefer playing as a box-to-box midfielder. That is how I have been operating for Everton and I can see myself doing it for a while yet. Premier League reject plan for play-off to decide final Champions League spotWill John Terry join Ashley Cole, David Beckham, Phil Neville, Frank Lampard, David Bentley and others in England's most-jeered XI?Hull set for Bullard return boost as midfielder eyes Everton return 'The role has been more defensive than attacking but I can get forward, just as I can also play centre half. But I'd say my favoured position was that holding role in midfield. I am happy to carry on there. 'I don't think there's any need for me to drop back into central defence yet. Maybe it will happen in a few years, when I have gained more experience and maturity. 'It's hard to play a lad of my age at centre half in the Premier League where you come across the likes of Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres. That would be a tough ask for any teenager so I'm more than content where I am.' Red Devil: Wayne Rooney made the move from Everton to United as a teenager With his 19th birthday just six days away, Rodwell is already older than Wayne Rooney was when he went to Old Trafford for around �25m. Ferguson's interest in Everton's latest prodigy may have raised concerns at Goodison Park, but Rodwell did his best to allay them by insisting he was in no hurry to follow Rooney. Despite intense transfer speculation Rodwell said: 'Every time I step on to the pitch, I give my all. The manager knows he can count on that. 'I would like to think I am level-headed enough to deal with that side of things and not let it affect me. I just train hard every day and get on with doing my best for the team. I'm happy at Everton. I can't be anything else after the opportunity they have given me and the way things have gone.'
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